(Update No. 5—5:27 p.m., Sunday, September 14) Typhoon "Luis" maintained its strength as it approached the vicinity of the Cagayan-Isabela boundary.
As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, "Luis" was spotted 115 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City.
In its 5 p.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Luis," with international name "Kalmaegi," was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It was moving west northwest at 22 kph.
Signal No. 3 is up over Cagayan including the Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands, Apayao, Ilocos Norte,Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, and Ifugao.(Areas under storm Signal No. 3 should expect winds of 101 to 185 kph in at least 18 hours.)
Signal No. 2 has been hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Pangasinan, and Nueva Ecija. (Areas under storm Signal No. 2 should expect winds of 60 to 100 kph in at least 24 hours.)
Signal No. 1 is up over Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Northern Quezon, and Pollilo Island. (Areas under storm Signal No. 1 should expect winds of 30 to 60 kph in at least 36 hours.)
Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under Signal Nos. 1, 2, and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under Signal Nos. 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges of up to two meters.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 8 to 20 mm per hour (heavy - Intense) within the 500 km diameter of the Typhoon.
The combined effect of the typhoon and the southwest monsoon (habagat) will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flasfloods and landslides over Bicol Region, Quezon and the rest of Central Luzon while light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, and Visayas.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon and of Mindanao.
The public and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 p.m. today, Sunday, September 14.
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